The Psychology of Gender and Sexuality: An Introduction

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Where's the
action?

Clear age-related patterns emerge from the data on sexual orientation…
In terms of life-time experience, the age-related pattern differs markedly
for men and women.

(Wellings et al. 1994: 195)

What I can't stand is quiet sex… If I'm with a guy and he won't say
anything, just breathes, and I'm too timid to start up all the heavy
moaning that really turns me on, I fantasize. I remember the first time
I ever heard people fucking, and remembering it, well, it releases me.
I was only about eleven when this happened. We were all living in a
big block of flats with a centre courtyard. All the bedroom windows
opened onto this court, and sometimes in the middle of the night in
that building it sounded like a mass orgy. I may have been only eleven
but no one had to tell me what all that moaning and yelling was about.
I'd lie mesmerized – that's when I began masturbating, I think – listening
to the first couple. Invariably, they'd wake up other couples. And like
some chain reaction within minutes the whole building was fucking.
I mean, have you ever heard other people fucking, really enjoying it?
It's a marvellous sound … not like in the movies… but when it's real.
It's such a happy, exciting sound.

('June', quoted in Friday 1975: 202)

In this chapter we look at how people act out their sexuality – who is doing what with whom, where and when. We begin by reporting information from surveys, and then move on to look at what reports like this tell us – and, crucially, what they do not tell us and what they obscure and cover up.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - Mainstream Psychological Approaches to Gender and Sexuality 9
  • 1: Biological Paradigms 11
  • 2: Social and Cultural Paradigms 37
  • 3: Interactive Paradigms 60
  • Part II - The Challenges to Mainstream Approaches 83
  • Introduction to Part II: Challenges 85
  • 4: Liberatory Challenges 93
  • 5: Feminist Challenges 120
  • 6: Postmodern Challenges 158
  • Part III - Applications of a Critical Approach 183
  • 7: Where's the Action? 185
  • 8: Aliens and Others 200
  • 9: Bodies 212
  • 10: Sex Crimes 229
  • 11: New Men, New Women, New Relationships? 242
  • Glossary 258
  • Bibliography 273
  • Index 295
  • Health Psychology 306
  • Approaches to Psychology: 3rd Edition 307
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